Timothy Ryan

Tim Ryan is a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT) of the Flathead Reservation (CSKT) in Northwest Montana. He attended the University of Montana where he studied earth sciences, and is a graduate of the Seattle Art Institute where he received a degree in commercial and graphic arts. He was a self-employed graphic artist for six years before accepting a position in the CSKT Division of Lands. In this position Tim developed the GPS and GIS mapping system for that department. After 4 years of mapping reservation lands, Tim joined the CSKT Historic Preservation Department as the supervisor of archaeological field survey and GIS & GPS mapping. Tim held this position for 6 years before founding Ancestral Skills & Technologies Northwest, an organization dedicated to teaching and preserving his Tribe’s ancestral way of life. Tim’s experience with his elder’s teachings, and his decades-long study of traditional ecological knowledge, cultural plants, and indigenous sciences, combined with his extensive experience in field archaeology and mapping, brings a unique quality and perspective to EthnoTech, LLC.
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Tim’s research of tribal seasonal rounds, lifeways and economy has moved him to reconstruct the traditional tools and material goods used by his ancestors, and has led him to be an instructor of traditional skills and outdoor survival at Salish Kootenai College. Tim is also a consultant and educator for the Indian Education for All programs administered by the State of Montana. He creates authentic, high quality material goods that are constructed with traditional methods and materials and used for museum displays and hands on educational trunks. His presentations, coursework, and curriculum on traditional skills have been requested by educational institutes in the states of Washington, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana and in Canada. Tim serves as the heritage education manager for EthnoTech, LLC specializing in educational programming, curriculum development and artifact re-creations.  He also leads field crews on Archaeological surveys.

Contact Tim: (406) 212-7809 tryan@ethnotechllc.com